• Launched with Tactical Urbanism, code reform advances

    Hands-on process is changing the planning and development culture of San Marcos, a suburban Texas municipality.
    Form-coding and conversion of a one-way thoroughfare to two-way are advancing through public hearings in San Marcos, Texas—a mostly suburban city between Austin and San Antonio. In the meantime, development patterns are changing—some building owners are turning parking lots in front of buildings...Read more
  • Postwar neighborhoods are revitalization opportunities

    The nation has a large supply of mid-century neighborhoods that are ripe for changes that will make them more walkable and appealing to new generations of residents.
    World War II has long been considered the watershed for automobile-oriented development. Suburbs were built prior to the war, but largely were mixed-use, walkable towns and neighborhoods of the “streetcar suburb” variety. After 1945, development shifted radically — to automobile-oriented housing...Read more
  • Transforming a commercial strip corridor

    A CNU "Legacy Project" explores how to initiate suburban retrofit in the diverse Seattle suburb of Tukwila.
    How can a complete community be built around a late 20th Century commercial strip corridor? That's a key question in fragmented American suburbs coast to coast. Tukwila, Washington, aims to transform a mile-long stretch of Tukwila International Boulevard (TIB)—a vision explored in a three-day "...Read more
  • Great idea: Tactical urbanism

    The latest trend in urban design and planning gets them off of the paper and out of a big room, testing ideas in the real world. It is fun and hands-on, and making many converts.
    In celebration of the upcoming CNU 25.Seattle , Public Square is running the series 25 Great Ideas of the New Urbanism. These ideas have been shaped by new urbanists and continue to influence cities, towns, and suburbs. The series is meant to inspire and challenge those working toward complete...Read more